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    Scottish League Cup Draw

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    TV: Highlights from Inverness

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    TV: Baraclough praises ‘Well after win

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    Inverness CT win in pictures

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    Inverness CT 0 – 1 Motherwell

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    TV: Baraclough wants improvement

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    Season Tickets: There’s still time

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    ‘Well sign goalkeeper Connor Ripley

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    Craig Moore joins Ayr Utd on loan

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    Helen Templeton’s Blog #16

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    Scottish League Cup Draw

    Motherwell have been drawn against League Two Side East Fife in the Second round of the Scottish League Cup.

    ‘Well take on The Fifers at Bayview on either the 25th or 26th of August and will be looking for a repeat of the last time they travelled there, when goals from Dirk Lehman and James McFadden gave The Steelmen a 2-0 win.

    Full ticket details will be released in due time.

    The draw in full reads:

    Ross County v Ayr United
    Forfar Athletic v Heart of Midlothian
    Kilmarnock v Berwick Rangers
    Raith Rovers v Hamilton Academical
    Queen of the South v Morton
    Dunfermline Athletic v Dundee
    Partick Thistle v Falkirk
    East Fife v Motherwell
    Hibernian v Stranraer
    Airdrieonians v Rangers
    St Mirren v Livingston

     

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    TV: Highlights from Inverness

    Extended highlights from the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium where Motherwell got the 2015/16 season off to a winning start, beating Inverness CT 1-0.

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    TV: Baraclough praises ‘Well after win

    Ian Baraclough praised his side after they edged out Inverness Caley Thistle to win their SPFL Premiership opener 0-1.

    The Steelmen were the better side throughout and carried a threat on the counter, and but for the heroics of Caley stopper Owain Fon Williams, the scoreline could have been far more convincing.

    However, it was left to Wes Fletcher to separate the sides, his fourth minute winner proving enough for all three points.

    Ian Baraclough highlighted the importance of a good start and his team building on the momentum of the Play-off victory over Rangers during the pre-match build-up, and his side did that.

    [pullquote]We created chances; we asked questions of the goalkeeper and the only real complaint is we perhaps could’ve been a little more ruthless in the final third, but that will come.[/pullquote]

    “We spoke as a group about coming into this match with no fear and having to be better away from home than what we showed last season,” he told MFC TV after the match.

    “Many aspects of today’s game were very pleasing indeed. The shape was good; it was difficult for them to find any pockets of space to feed off or anything in behind.

    “We restricted them to very little throughout the game, even when we started to fatigue a little in the last ten minutes, as you tend to do in the first month of the new campaign.

    “However, we maintained our concentration and proved a threat in attack. We created chances; we asked questions of the goalkeeper and the only real complaint is we perhaps could’ve been a little more ruthless in the final third, but that will come.”

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    Inverness CT win in pictures

    Action pictures from this afternoon’s convincing 1-0 win away to Inverness CT in the Highlands.

    Snaps courtesy of SNSPix.

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    Inverness CT 0 – 1 Motherwell

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     Phil McGhee at the Caledonian Stadium

    Motherwell kicked off the new 2015/16 campaign with an impressive 0-1 win over Inverness at the Caledonian Stadium.

    Although the game finished 0-1, courtesy of a fourth minute Wes Fletcher goal, the Steelmen were the better side, created far more chances (including a penalty miss) and on another day could have made their way back down the A9 with a far more convincing victory.

    Ian Baraclough named the same side that started against Preston in the final pre-season match of the campaign, with the exception of new goalkeeper Connor Ripley, who replaced Dan Twardzik between the sticks.

    Interestingly, only two players – Stephen McManus and Keith Lasley – were in the starting line-up last time the Steelmen were in the Highland Capital last November, with boss Baraclough having revamped the squad over the last nine months.

    And it was one of his summer recruits, Wes Fletcher, who opened the scoring after four minutes with ‘Well’s first meaningful attack.

    Stephen Pearson pressed to win the ball before combining with the former York City striker. Pearson’s low shot forced Owain Fôn Williams to palm out allowing Fletcher to slot home from close range for his first ever Motherwell goal.

    The visitors were dominating the opening encounters and almost doubled their lead after nineteen minutes when Fletcher again came close after nice set-up play from Johnson, only for his 18-yard shot to go just wide of target.

    Johnson had a half chance shortly after, but saw his shot deflect wide for a corner, before he won the Steelmen a spot kick after 27 minutes. It was some great play from the former Kidderminster Harries winger, whose “Zidane turn” bamboozled Danny Devine before the defender tugged her jersey to conceded the kick.

    Sadly, Scott McDonald’s saw his shot saved, Fôn Williams guessing the right way to hold.

    Inverness boss John Hughes, obviously concerned his team had barely made a dent in the opening thirty minutes, replaced Nat Wedderburn off for Andréa Mbuyi-Mutombo.

    However, it was ‘Well who could and should have added to their tally on the stroke of half time. Inverness had knocked the ball out to make a substitute, but because it wasn’t for a player receiving treatment, ‘Well played on. With no Inverness players moving, Johnson was in on goal but could only stroke it wide of target.

    ‘Well were forced into a change at the break, with Pearson, who had been involved in a clash with Gary Warren five minutes before the interval, failing to return for the second half, replaced by Jack Leitch.

    However, it didn’t stem the flow of play with the vast majority of chances and play going towards the home goal. Johnson kicked off the efforts with a low shot from twenty-five yards that forced Fôn Williams to tip wide.

    Two minutes later and the Steelmen were then, somehow, denied a second.

    Johnson again had the effort, controlling a ball dropping out the air only for Fôn Williams to again block. The ball spun out to McDonald whose ball across the box looked perfect for Joe Chalmers but Devine made an incredible saving tackle, somehow getting his outstretched leg to the ball to knock it over his own bar from one yard.

    The Fir Parkers continued to push – Fletcher had curling effort straight at Fôn Williams before being replaced by another summer recruit, Louis Moult.

    Louis Laing, who was superb throughout, had an audacious forty-five yard effort and Johnson again came close, sending a curler inches wide of target.

    As the game went into the latter stages, Josh Law almost got on the scoresheet too. The fullback collected from Johnson, played a neat one-two with Moult but fired his shot straight at Fôn Williams who blocked. Moult was first to the rebound but his shot was blocked over for a corner.

    The game soon came to an end, with the Fir Parkers picking up a deserved three points, restricting the hosts to zero shots on target.

    Motherwell: Ripley, Hammell, Laing, McManus, Pearson (Leitch – 46mins), Fletcher (Moult – 67mins), Johnson, Lasley, Chalmers, Law, McDonald (Clarkson – 83mins)

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     Ally Reilly at the Caledonian Stadium

    A convincing opening day victory for ‘Well. Could have been more but a very welcome three points to start the new season,

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    FULL TIME! Inverness CT 0 – 1 Motherwel

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    Two minutes added on.

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    Great chance for Law as he combines with Moult but he can’t get enough power to test Fon Williams from close range.

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    Lopez picks the ball up in a decent area but seems caught in two minds as his effort is neither a cross nor a pass.

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    Motherwell sub, McDonald is replaced by Clarkson.

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    ICT have a free-kick which Tansey takes. It’s in a great area but the wall stands strong and blocks his shot.

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    Not far wide from Johnson who cut in from the right on his left foot and curled it just past. Still 1-0 to ‘Well.

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    Motherwell sub, goalscorer Fletcher comes off for Moult.

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    Fletcher has a bit of time on the left side of the box but can’t get enough power in his shot to test Fon Williams.

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    What a tackle from Devine to somehow clear from Fletcher only 4 yards out. :O Incredible, really!

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    Fon Williams takes no chances and dives low to beat away Johnson’s low drive.

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    Half-time sub, Leitch is on for Pearson and for ICT, Meekings is off for Horner.

    Wes Fletcher’s 4th minute strike separates the two teams although it could have been more. Motherwell on top so far.

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    Half time: Inverness CT 0 – 1 Motherwell.

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    Three minutes added on for injuries.

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    ICT sub, Warren can’t continue and is replaced by Polworth.

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    Pearson booked for a tackle on Warren.

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    ICT sub, Wedderburn off for Mbuyi Mutombo

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    Fon Williams saves the penalty! Guesses right to deny McDonald.

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    PENALTY! Johnson jinks past 2 and gets hauled down by Devine!

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    Johnson breaks away from the half-way line and shoots from 20 yards. Takes a deflection and goes out for a corner.

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    CLOSE! Johnson slides it into Fletcher who drops his shoulder and gets a low shot from 18 yards away. Just past.

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    Raven plays in a deep cross from the left but Ripley does well under pressure to gather Meekings’ looping header

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    After an eventful opening five minutes, it’s gone a bit quiet here in Inverness. Still 1-0 to ‘Well.

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    Pearson broke into the box, forced the ‘keeper into a save and FLETCHER was on hand to poke in the rebound!

    GGGOOOAALLL!!

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    Warren booked almost straight away for a late and clumsy tackle on McDonald.

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    Draper and Lopez get the 2015/16 campaign underway. COYW!

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    Motherwell manager Ian Baraclough:

    “To get a clean sheet and three points away from home against a side that did really well last year, you can’t really ask for more.

    “We could have won by more and made it easier for ourselves. Scott is disappointed but the keeper has guessed the right way. All you ask of a penalty taker is to get it on target and he did that.”

    Inverness CT manager John Hughes:

    “We need to roll our sleeves up and get that underdog mentality. I’ve just got that vibe since I’ve come back that one or two are thinking they’re better than they are,” he told BBC Scotland.

    “I’ve said to them ‘football owes you nothing’. If you think you’re better than you are it’ll come and kick you up the backside.”

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    TV: Baraclough wants improvement

    ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough is aiming for a more successful season after a disappointing 2014/15.

    The Steelmen fell from league runners-up the previous season to second bottom and a Premeirship Play-off against Rangers.

    Thankfully, the Steelmen came through that match to retain their top-flight status and a positive summer in terms of recruitment has left ‘Well fans more hopeful of a better campaign ahead.

    However, Baraclough knows that the buzz could evaporate if his side don’t manage some success from their difficult start to the campaign, which includes four of last year’s top six teams along with promoted Hearts in the first five matches.

    [pullquote]For me, we will be looking up the way and that might be helped by a good start to the new campaign. Yes, we have a tough run of fixtures to begin with but you’ve got to go and play them all.[/pullquote]

    Speaking to the gathered press at ‘Well’s pre-match news conference, the Fir Park boss said: “We’ve certainly got to improve on last year; that scenario cannot happen again.

    “We can’t be involved in any end-of-season play-offs; we don’t want that even although last year ended euphorically.

    “For me, we will be looking up the way and that might be helped by a good start to the new campaign. Yes, we have a tough run of fixtures to begin with but you’ve got to go and play them all.

    “Inverness is a good, but difficult first match, but we want to go and show that we’ve had a positive pre-season and these players have something to prove.”

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    Season Tickets: There’s still time

    If you haven’t as yet bought your 2015/16 Season Ticket, there’s still time before the Steelmen are scheduled to play at Fir Park.

    Motherwell are in the Highlands this weekend before their ‘home’ campaign gets underway with a match against Dundee United on Saturday 8th August.

    ‘Well fans have been buying in encouraging numbers so far this summer and with six new faces and the return of Lionel Ainsworth, Louis Laing and Scott McDonald, the squad is almost complete.

    We still believe whether bought individually or as part of a family package, the season ticket represents tremendous value.

    We have also continued our ‘WELLevate’ scheme which allows any adult or senior citizen buying a season ticket at Fir Park to claim a juvenile ticket absolutely free of charge or TWO Under 16s tickets if you sit in the Cooper Stand…

    Season Ticket uptake has grow over 34% over the last five years because of this brilliant initiative – perhaps the single most effective way of recruiting new, younger fans over the last 100 years

    The excellent Season Ticket offers which can be used to earn a host of discounts in a number of well-known businesses is back and bigger than ever.

    The likes of KFC and Dominoes have been added to a 37 strong list which already contained the likes of McDonalds, KFC, Pizzahut, LivingWell Health Club, Evans Halshaw, M&D’s and many, many more.

    We’ve enjoyed a fantastic run in the last six or seven years with many highs and lows along the way. Together, the club and our loyal fans can continue to grow Scotland’s best community and family club.

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    ‘Well sign goalkeeper Connor Ripley

    Motherwell today completed the signing of Middlesbrough goalkeeper Connor Ripley on loan until January.

    The 6ft 3-inch stopper, son of former England winger Stuart, came through the ranks at Blackburn Rovers before signing for Boro in 2009.

    The former England Youth International made his debut for the Teessiders two years later in the Championship against Reading and also turned out for the club against Burnley, as well as making an FA Cup appearance against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

    Ripley enjoyed two short emergency loan spells with both Oxford United and Bradford City and, most recently, an extended spell with Swedish side Östersund, where he turned out a total of fifteen times for the Superettan club.

    The 22-year old has signed initially until early January and will compete with Dan Twardzik for a spot in the starting eleven.

    [pullquote]I want to play at the highest standard possible. I know I am going to have to work hard to get into the starting eleven, but if I can do that and improve as a goalkeeper, I’ll be happy.[/pullquote]

    He will wear the number one shirt and will travel north with the squad for Saturday’s SPFL Premiership opener against Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the Caledonian Stadium.

    Speaking of his move, Ripley said: “I’m very pleased to be here and after the gaffer gave me a call yesterday to say everything had gone through, I couldn’t get in the car quick enough to get up to Scotland.

    “I want to play at the highest standard possible. I know I am going to have to work hard to get into the starting eleven, but if I can do that and improve as a goalkeeper, I’ll be happy.

    “I can obviously take inspiration from some of the goalkeepers who have came up to Motherwell in the recent past and I’ll hopefully do the same.”

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    Craig Moore joins Ayr Utd on loan

    Young Steelmen striker Craig Moore has joined Scottish League One side Ayr United on loan.

    20-year old Moore made his debut for the Steelmen back in August 2013 in the UEFA Europa League match against Kuban Krasnodar in Russia.

    He made his SPFL Premiership bow two months later, against Hearts, and scored with his first touch, a stinging 25-yard drive into the top corner.

    Since then he has found regular first-team football hard to come by, particularly after a cruciate ligament injury at the tail end of the 2013/14 season kept him sidelined for several months.

    He has spent time on loan before though, a successful period at then Championship side Cowdenbeath where he hit seven goals in 12 games for the Blue Brazil.

    With competition for a starting slot intense following the arrivals of David Clarkson, Wes Fletcher, Louis Moult and the return of Scott McDonald, Moore’s loan will run until 4th January 2016 as he aims to push Ian McCall’s side towards promotion.

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    Helen Templeton’s Blog #16

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    Young Motherwell u15s attacking midfielder, Alise Stewart has been attracting attention from international scouts 2 years above her age category.

    Alise has been an outstanding team player for her club and has the attitude and work ethic to go with it.

    Now, thorough hard work and determination, Alise has been rewarded with the opportunity to represent her country, a life’s dream come to fruition!

    I had the privilege of catching up with our young superstar who tells us more…

    Alise

    Full name: Alise Stewart

    Age: 15

    Nickname: Lisey

    Team: Motherwell u15’s

    Favourite Football team: (Other than Motherwell of course…) Celtic

    Playing Position: Midfield/Striker

    Favourite Female player: Alex Morgan

    Favourite Male Player: Lionel Messi

    Favourite Song: Ohh, that’s too hard, I have far too many!

    Favourite Food: That one’s easy! Mash potatoes and broccoli with gravy.

    What are your favourite things to do in your spare time: I love playing football or going out with my friends.

    What/who inspires you to play football?

    My team and coaches are my inspiration. I love it so much because my team are like a family to me, they support me the whole way, it’s such a good feeling #wellfamily

    How long have you played for Motherwell for?

    2 years now, I love it.

    What days do you train for Motherwell?

    I train twice a week on a Tuesday and Thursday. Training is intense, but it’s brilliant! You don’t have time to get distracted, only time to work hard which I love.

    What do you like most about being part of the Well family?

    I love how close my team are and how well we all get on together, not only as a club but outside of football as friends too.

    Do you hope to play for the ladies team in a couple of year?

    Hopefully, that’s what my aim is.

    Alise, thank you for letting us meet and get to know you a little better. Now A little birdie has told me about your recent achievement. Can I just say a huge congratulations from myself and all at the ladies senior team, we are so proud to hear you have been selected to represent your country at under 17s, you must be so proud.

    How did you feel when you first found out you had been scouted for the u17 age group? I was so Shocked and actually, I was nervous too! Mostly, I was just really really excited though.

    It’s a really fantastic achievement to represent your country Alise especially at such a young age! Everyone at the club is so proud of you! So tell us a little about what happens next and who you will be playing against?

    Well, we have a training camp from the 4th to 6th of August at Toryglen in Glasgow. It’s going to be intense I’m sure but I can’t wait! At the camp we will do lots of training sessions and maybe some team building activities. We will be staying at a hotel and playing games against other players at the camp. There are a lot of other talented girls who have been selected, so it will just be a great experience, I’m really looking forward to showing what I’m made of.

    What are your aspirations in football and internationally?

    I want to play as long as I can! I really hope to represent my county more and more than I already have and travel around the world doing what I love.

    You say you would love to travel and play, if you could pick any country and any team in the world to play for, who would it be?

    In terms of who I would want to play for, that’s easy… It would have to be my home country, Scotland! There is no better feeling than putting on your home shirt and representing where you come from. In terms of travel though, I would just love to see lots of different parts of the world whilst doing what I love, playing football, that would be my ultimate dream.

    Alise, it has been an absolute pleasure to get to know you a little better and thank you for taking the time to share this amazing achievement with us all. We are very proud of your achievement and wish you all the best at the International camp in August. You are a fantastic player and a wee star. I am confident we will see you not only in a ladies Motherwell shirt in a couple of years, but in many many different Scotland shirts in the years to come!

    To keep up to speed with Alise’s international duty and under 15s team news, follow the team on Twitter @MwellGirls15s

    For all the latest info and live match tweets follow the ladies on twitter @MotherwellLFC

    Follow me on twitter @dibsy_